Thank you, Subhashish and everyone else involved.  I know you all have put in 
considerable efforts.  It's inspiring to note that 30-35 people attended your 
workshop.  That's pretty impressive!  It's great to see that you folks have set 
in motion ongoing outreach and content contribution activities - beyond the the 
workshop day.  

It'll be really interesting and useful to see how those who attended this 
session are getting along.  If I could request you to share an update every 
once in a while, I think it'll tell a fascinating tale.

All the very best to all those in the Odia Wikipedia community.  

Hisham Mundol
India Programs - Wikimedia Foundation
skype: hisham.wikimedia
twitter: @mundol

On Apr 4, 2011, at 3:41 PM, Subhashish Panigrahi wrote:

> Hi, here is the report of the 2nd Odia Wikipedia Workshop, Bhubaneswar, 
> 2011April03
> The 2nd Odia Wikipedia Academy has been organized on 3April 2011 at Bharatiya 
> Vidya Bhavan, Bhubaneswar. This was the first outreach academy of Odia 
> Wikipedia in Odisha to bring an awareness andmotivate common mass from 
> different educational and social background. Odia Wikipedia was started way 
> back in 2002 and was one of the four Indian languages, Asamese, Malayalam, 
> Odia, Punjabi. But because of the lack of proper awareness and activism there 
> was a snail movement for almost 8 years. Shiju introduced Odia Wiki projects 
> to many fellow Odias which later motivated them to bring the Wiki movement 
> back to the first Odia Wikipedia Academy, conducted in Bengaluru on. Odia 
> Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia in Odia language to make knowledge 
> available freely for masses.
> Dhanada Mishra of Human Resource Development Management Studies has formally 
> inaugurated this event. A FAQ Booket was released by and distributed among 
> the first time participants of the Wikipedia Workshop. Wikipedians Shiju Alex 
> and Tinu Cherian were also took
> active part in facilitating the event. The workshop was conducted by Odia 
> Wikiali (Odia version of an Wikipedian/User) Subha Pa. The whole 
> Academy/Workshop was conducted in 2 main sections, Subha introduced Odia 
> Wikipedia to the audience, said about the history and the development and 
> current status. The second session was focused on how to type in Odia using 
> the transliteration/Inscript tool which was newly incorporated, solving 
> typing issues, searching existing articles, creating articles and editing for 
> enhancement of old article. In this session he has demonstrated how to add 
> content using the commonly used syntaxes, adding pictures and other media 
> files. This was an interactive session where the audience interacted with the 
> demonstrator and each other and several discussions went on based on the 
> major issues. Several participants from from the nearby management colleges, 
> engineering students, entrepreneurs, college students have also participated. 
> At the end of the session a lotion based core group of active users was 
> formed which will be promoting the Wikipedia movement and bringing more and 
> more contributors to enhance it, make it more user friendly and make it reach 
> to masses. Contributors came with several suggestions such as motivating more 
> and more students and freelancers to contribute and also monitor the ongoing 
> activities and discussing them through the mailing list of Odia Wikipedia. [ 
> ]. More and more such activism are expected in the 
> coming future with the involvement of people who are eager for the 
> development of Odia language on web. Odia Wikipedia can be accessed at 
> and the Facebook page for Odia Wikipedia is 
> As of now there are 700 articles in Odia Wikipedia, but many of them are to 
> be enhanced with more information and references. There was a discussion 
> about how to build a strong community to enhance the articles in both quality 
> and standard wise, stop vandalism and monitor the activities.
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